Welcome to Canal Navigations – a site covering some of the unique canals found in Southern England.
For canals that are specifically in or around the country’s capital city, please go to the London Canals website.
The canal goes via Woking, Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet, Crookham, and Odiham to Kings Johns Castle, where the navigation ends – just a short walk from the east portal of Greywell Tunnel. There’s military defences around Dogmersfield and wildlife is abundant. The route is at its best in the autumn.
The Basingstoke’s 31 miles of navigation ends near the half mile long Greywell Tunnel. Hardy canal explorers will discover where the canal once existed, despite motorways, new developments and infilling. Over half of the canal’s former route, right into the centre of Basingstoke, is quite traceable with care.
THE WENDOVER ARM
The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal saw very little use by boats, mainly because there wasnt enough water in it. The recent push for restoration has ensured navigation as far as Little Tring. And hopefuly one day returning to Wendover. Its a pretty stretch of canal in the Chiltern foothills.
One of the oldest waterways in the UK, with the earliest locks ever built. Sir Richard Weston’s Wey Navigation opened in 1653. With Guildford and Godalming the main centres, and great boating in between it takes one thro Surrey to what is currently the most southernmost point on the connected waterways system
BACK TO: NORTH WALSHAM
An occasional series on other waterways. Following on from features on the Coventry Canal, and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is this item from the original Canal Guides website in 2002 on the North Walsham and Dilham Canal, which at one time formed an extension of the Broadland waterway network
BE SAFE ON THE CANALS!
The canals offer much enjoyment and fun. But they still need tobe treated with care. Simple oversights can result in disasters. This section illustrates some of the pitfalls. Take care how you go on the waterways, go slow, think safe and play safe. Its the best way of having a great time!